Back in the 1970s and ‘80s a popular pick-up line was, “What’s your sign?” It was intended as a sort of icebreaker, something to say to someone you’d like to get to know. It referred to signs of the zodiac and astrology, which were quite trendy in popular culture at that time (the “Age of Aquarius” and all that).
I often told congregations at that time that a good and proper answer would be, “I was born under the sign of the covenant.” I know that this answer stopped many an unwanted advance. (For a discussion of Biblical covenants go here.)
Actually there are many signs of the covenant. Here are just a few:
- A rainbow is a sign of God’s covenant with man not to destroy the earth by flood. (Genesis 9:8-17)
- The sacraments (or ordinances) are signs and seals of the covenant of grace.
- The Sabbath is a sign of God’s covenant faithfulness.
As we continue in our look at Biblical sabbath, we need to recognize that the sabbath is a sign of the Covenant. In Exodus 31:13 God says “This will be a sign between me and you for the generations to come, so that you may know that I am the LORD, who makes you holy.” He is holy, therefore only He can make us holy.
In the church we employ certain signs and symbols. Baptism symbolizes our dying in Him and becoming a new creation. The LORD’s Supper indicates that He shed His blood that we might have communion with Him. The Sabbath is a sign that the people who follow it are God’s people; a people set apart, made holy.
Let us not disdain the Sabbath.
Next week we will look at the fact that Sabbath-keeping is not a mere suggestion.